Dr. Claire Kimberly is a Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall. She takes a strengths-based, systemic approach to understand and support families and children, and is passionate about translating research evidence into actionable changes. Kimberly has experience conducting mixed methods research, evaluating programs, analyzing administrative data, and partnering with public and nonprofit agencies to connect research to policy and practice. Current projects include forming, implementing, and evaluating Kinship Navigator Programs, reducing placements in congregate care settings, and building evidence-based practices to prepare for Family First implementation.
Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Kimberly was a tenured professor at the University of Southern Mississippi in the Department of Child and Family Sciences, a consultant with multiple non-profits, and a data analyst for Virginia’s Department of Social Services. Her work includes using quantitative and qualitative methods to provide stakeholders with actionable information to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, youth, and families, and the systems serving them. In her capacity as a consultant, she successfully formed partnerships between educators, researchers, and community leaders to support positive youth development. Products of this work have been utilized in educational, hospital, therapeutic, faith-based, and child welfare settings. Kimberly has particular expertise in building university and community-based partnerships, which promotes her collaborative approach to research, evaluation, and practice.
Kimberly holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Family Science from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Samford University. Kimberly is a certified family life educator.
PhD in Family Science, University of Kentucky
Master’s Degree in Family Science, University of Kentucky
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Samford University
Kimberly, C. (2020). “My body, my boundaries”: The impact of a sexual health program on elementary age children and parents in Mississippi. Journal of Applied Research on Children, 11(2). https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/childrenatrisk/vol11/iss2/1
Safdar, K., Dombrosky, E., Kimberly, C., Miller, R., Garber, A., Bishop, S., & Helou, M. A. (2020). The One Note System: Implementation and initial perceptions of student documentation in the HER under the new CSM guidelines. Cureus. doi:10.7759/cureus.9702
Miller, R., Garber, A., Smith, H., Mali, M., Kimberly, C., & Qayyum, R. (2020). Volume and supervision of resident procedures logged after implementation of a procedure medication curriculum. Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Kimberly, C., & Hardman, A. (2020). The effectiveness of an online sexual assault prevention program on college campuses. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. doi:10.1080/19496591.2020.1713141
Kimberly, C., Peterson, A., Walker, A., & White, K. (2018). Obstacles women face to receive reproductive health services: A secret shopper method in Mississippi. Medical Reports and Case Studies, 3(3). doi:10.4172/2572-5130.1000167
Kimberly, C., & Hardman, A. (2018). Mississippi college students’ attitudes, willingness to intervene and legal knowledge toward sexual assaults. Sex Education. doi:10.1080/14681811.2018.1478807
Kimberly, C., & Linton, R. D. (2017). How time with a father relates to child’s sexual health. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families. 25, 196–203. doi:10.1177/1066480717699824
Kimberly, C., Clark, P., & Werner-Wilson, R. (2016). From research to practice: Increasing ability of practitioners to relate family-of-origin communicative techniques to current marital satisfaction. Journal of Human Sciences & Extension, 4(1), 51–69.
Kimberly, C. (2016). Assessing political opinions about transgender legal rights using a multiple-segment factorial vignette approach. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 13, 73–83. doi:10.1007/s13178-015-0216-7
Kimberly, C., & Moore, A. (2015). Attitudes to practice: National survey of adoption obstacles faced by gay and lesbian prospective parents. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 27, 436–456. doi:10.1080/10538720.2015.1085347
Clark, P., & Kimberly, C. (2014). Impact of fees among low-income clients in a training clinic. Contemporary Family Therapy, 36, 363–368. doi:10.1007/s10591-014-9303-9
Hans, J. D., Kersey, M., & Kimberly, C. (2012). Self-perceived origins of and influences on attitudes toward homosexuality. Journal of Homosexuality, 59, 4–17. doi:10.1080/00918369.2012.638547
Bradford, K., Gnatuk, C. A., Burnham, J. D., Arnold, A. L., & Kimberly, C. (2012). Parent education for vulnerable rural families. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues. http://ncsu.edu/ffci/publications/2012/v17-n1-2012-spring/bradford-gnatuk-burnham-arnold-kimberly.php
Kimberly, C., Werner-Wilson, R., & Gnatuk, C. (2011). Impact of an agent in a cooperative extension program. Journal of Family Consumer Sciences Education, 29(2). http://www.natefacs.org/JFCSE/v29no2/v29no2.html